BBQ Cleaning Tips

Everyone loves a BBQ but keeping it clean isn’t always a favourite task. You know the drill – veggies fall through the grates, chunky marinades splatter, and grease from your burgers and steaks build up rather quickly.  One key to ensuring your foods are grilled to perfection is keeping the grill itself in tip-top shape. A well-maintained grill, whether gas or charcoal, will not only keep your food safe (as well as your home and outdoor space) but will also bring out the best flavors in your favourite marinades and rubs.

Image courtesy of Bull BBQ Europe

Well BBQ lovers, we’ve teamed up with the Bull BBQ Europe Team to give you a few simple ways to clean and maintain your Bull BBQ to ensure you get years of enjoyment and good cooking out of it. Following the few tips below will ensure years and years of successful and safe cooking.


What you’ll need

All you need is a good grill brush, a bucket of soapy water, another empty bucket for your debris, and an old sponge that you don’t plan on using again. We love Bull BBQ Europe’s Long Handle Spiral Brush.

Have a gas BBQ? Read this. If not, move straight to step #1

For those of you who have a gas BBQ, before you start cleaning your barbecue check that the gas hose isn’t cracked or has deteriorated. You’ll need to replace it if it is. Then turn off the gas bottle and disconnect the hose. We suggest that you disconnect the gas bottle from the barbecue every time you use it. 

Simple Cleaning Tips for after EVERY BBQ 

1. Leave BBQ on Full Power on all burners with the lid closed for 10 to 15 minutes while you are enjoying your food. (Consult your Grill Manual for particular manufacturer instructions about maximum heat) . Switch the burners off, lift the lid and and when the excessive heat has subsided brush the food contact areas with a grill brush. All the food remnants and fats would have carbonised and the grill is sanitised for next use.

2. A BULL BBQ will go over 300° C when left on full power for 10 to 15 minutes and there is no risk of damaging it due to its heavy build. Since it is entirely built from Stainless Steel AISI 304 it is then possible to use the provided detergent and protective stainless steel polish to keep your grill looking like new.

3. When the grill has cooled down and treated it should always be kept covered when not in use.


Easy Cleaning Tips for AFTER every 10 BBQs 

  • Clean the tray

Remove the tray from the barbecue and scrape away the excess fat on it. Thoroughly wash the tray in hot soapy water. We recommend that you wear gloves when doing this.

  •  Clean the grills

Scrape away any excess fat and cooked on food from the grills. Then, wash them in hot soapy water. Make sure you wash both sides of the grills to get rid of any fat that might have dripped underneath.

  • Wash the barbecue

Before putting the grills back, give the barbecue itself a good clean with hot soapy water and a soft scouring pad.

  •  Apply oil to the grill plates

Here’s one of our favourite tips – Wipe the grill plates dry with paper towel then spray both sides of the grill with canola oil to protect them. Put the grills and tray back in the barbecue.

  •  Clean the outside of the barbecue

The better you take care of your barbecue the more years of great cooking you’ll get out of it. So give your BBQ a good clean and make it sparkle. 

One more thing. Consider this  You wouldn’t leave your kitchen stove and oven outdoors without a cover, right? Your barbecue grill should be treated the same way. Grill covers are easy to remove when you need your bbq, and they are just as easy to put back on when you’re done cooking and your grill has cooled. As a matter of fact, most just slip on and off. Protect your investment. 
Happy grilling! 


Special thanks to Bull BBQ Europe for inspiring us to share this content. 

Bull BBQ Europe – Hop over to their website or visit them at Zamco Building, Triq il-Mithna, Qormi, Malta. Call them on + 356 2279 2222/+ 356 2279 2118 or drop them a line at info@bullbbq.eu 

by Beatrice

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